The last 2 years have brought so many changes to Tumalo Community School. And just as things start to return to some sense of normalcy, Tumalo Community School finds themselves amidst yet another change: a new principal. The process is always tricky, but it is especially tricky when the former principal was such a great fit. Redmond School leadership made the decision to hire an interim for this school year as Tumalo deserves to have plenty of time to find the absolute best candidate to support and lead for many years to come. If I was in their position, I would have done the same thing.
With that said, let me introduce myself.
I am Tony Vicknair. This is my 33rd year in education–all but two of those years in McMinnville. I taught math for 12 years at the middle school, followed by two years at South Salem High as an Assistant Principal. In 2003, I went back to McMinnville and have been an Assistant Principal at McMinnville High School, the Director of Secondary Education and finally Principal of McMinnville High School. I retired in 2019 but continued to work for the last two years supporting the district through this pandemic. In fact, my last day of work in McMinnville was July 30th, and I started here at Tumalo the following Monday, August 2nd.
My wife, Jodi, retired this past June after 30 years teaching kindergarten and 1st grade. We met at Linfield College in McMinnville and have been happily married for 32 years. We were blessed with three children, who are all grown. My oldest son, Taylor is 27 and looking to become an electrician here in Central Oregon. My only daughter, Madison, is 24 and starting her third year teaching kindergarten in McMinnville. Finally, my youngest son, Grant is 22 and has moved to Albuquerque working his way up the Dutch Bros business ladder.
Our family has been coming to Eagle Crest often for the last 20 years and we told ourselves this is where we are going to retire. We sold our house in McMinnville, bought some property and are beginning the building process. Perfect time, right? So, we both decided early in the summer that we would work one more year, then hopefully move into our new house next summer. Fingers crossed!
I guess if you were to meet people who I worked with in McMinnville, they would tell you I have a big heart for students and staff. I am service-oriented, and I hope that is apparent quickly. My colleagues would also bring up that I am an extremely hard worker. I like to be in the trenches as much as possible. Finally, McMinnville people would say that my leadership style is super collaborative. I like to get lots of input on the aspects that make school successful for students and staff.
In my short time here, I am amazed how many people have connections to Tumalo Community School. Everyone says the same things…wonderful kids, a skilled and caring staff, a strong sense of ownership from all stakeholders, and a fantastic place to work. I am not going to lie to you, even after 32 years of experience and years of serving a building of 2200 students and 200 staff members, I am a little nervous, but hopeful. I believe my strengths match your current needs. And together, we will start to reopen Tumalo Community School and, by the end of the year, all the outstanding traditions should be back in full swing. We will also get first crack at the best leaders out there to lead Tumalo for the long haul. So let’s get started!
While we all hoped that we would start the school year off “normal”, more importantly, we want to start the school year with all of our students here at Tumalo. We will have that! We here at Tumalo are committed to do whatever it takes to keep it that way. We will continue to offer Tumalo students a rich and caring environment, filled with opportunities to grow. We look forward to having students back in the building September 7th. Go Tigers!
Tony Vicknair (Mr. V)
Tumalo Community School Principal
Email Office 541.382.2853